Sprinkles Sweet Mosaic by Joel Brochu
Sweet Mosaic by Joel Brochu. This amazingly beautiful mosaic is made by Canadian fine art student Joel Brochu. The material he uses for creating his beautiful mosaic paintings – sprinkles or “non pareils” (things you put on cupcakes). His work is one big exercise, which needs much patience and artistic talent. Joel Brochu meticulously created the piece using 221,184 colored sugary balls usually used on cakes and ice cream. The Canadian artist said he used double-sided sticky tape to attach the myriad sprinkles to a board using a customized template.
The artist said the work began as a university fine arts project on Pointillism – the technique of using tiny dots to create a painting. “It looks like an image of a beagle. It appears as a high definition photograph measuring four inches by one and a half inches. I did it by meticulously placing the sprinkles by hand using jewellery tweezers.They adhered to the board with the help of double sided tape and a thin layer of glue.
Joel Brochu used just six colors, red, orange, green, blue, black, and white to create a myriad of hues. The artwork’s level of detail is directly correlated with the amount of sprinkles used.
‘An image with fine detail, such as a panoramic landscape, looks best using a minimum of 275,000 sprinkles and would measure five feet by one and a half feet. ‘An easily recognizable or close-up image, such as a human face, can be created with far less, 33,000 sprinkles for example, and would measure 14 inches by nine inches.’
Using a customized computer program, a template is created from an original image which guides the placement of each sprinkle.
Taking just under eight months to complete, once finished, it was permanently preserved with a clear acrylic resin. The flexibility of the medium and color combinations ensures that any image can be recreated with sprinkles, like landscapes, great works of art, portraits, and even black and white photographs.